Nigeria’s national team will return to Uyo for their Africa Cup of Nations build-up, and most likely travel from the Akwa Ibom State capital to neighbouring Cameroon for the continental soccer showpiece in June 2019.
Speculation has been on already that the Eagles would most likely play their last match of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers at Goldswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo against The Pirates of Seychelles on March 22, but footballlive.ng learnt the schedule is more than that.
This was revealed at the weekend by Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, who stated during a cable television sports programme that it would solve many issues of logistics and acclimatization to see the team camp in a city close to Cameroon’s border.
That has now informed the Franco-German tactician’s decision to suggest Uyo as base camp for the Eagles’ AFCON countdown programme, which he said will be set in motion with the match against Seychelles and an international friendly in the same month.
Although Rohr was not specific about the number of friendlies his side would get heading towards AFCON 2019, the former Burkina Faso, Gabon and Niger Republic coach stressed that he wants to make us of every international window available to get his team prepared.